Mi Teleférico

28
Aug

2014

Cable Car Photo of the Week: Line Yellow (Línea Amarilla), La Paz, Bolivia

Line Yellow (Línea Amarilla), La Paz, Bolivia. Image by Photobucket user ZPLAQ.

Photographer: 

Photo by Photobucket user ZPLAQ.

About:

Every Thursday, the Gondola Project team will select stunning captures of CPT lines. We hope this will continue to bring more attention to the technology and provide visually impactful examples of cable car systems worldwide. If you’d like to submit or nominate a picture for our “Photo of the Week”, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below or send us an email at gondola@creativeurbanprojects.com.



Want more? Purchase Cable Car Confidential: The Essential Guide to Cable Cars, Urban Gondolas & Cable Propelled Transit and start learning about the world's fastest growing transportation technologies.

19
Aug

2014

NYT: Subway in the Sky – La Paz

Even though we’re now seeing more and more Cable Propelled Transit (CPT) systems being implemented around the world, mainstream North American media has, arguably, paid little attention to urban gondola lifts.

This past weekend, however, New York Times flew their correspondents down to La Paz and documented the city’s Red Line, — or what they cleverly termed, “Bolivia’s Subway in the Sky”.

They even made a short film about it and interviewed locals what they thought of their brand new cable car.

The article is a wonderful inside look into how the cable system is not only transforming the city’s public transit network, but how a cable car line is actively breaking down cultural and social stigmas.



Want more? Purchase Cable Car Confidential: The Essential Guide to Cable Cars, Urban Gondolas & Cable Propelled Transit and start learning about the world's fastest growing transportation technologies.

16
Apr

2014

La Paz – El Alto Cable Car Coverage (Mi Teleférico)

Last week, as announced by a number of international new sources both inside and outside of Bolivia, the first of three urban cable car lines  in La Paz – El Alto was finally opened to the general public.

Despite being barely a week old, a host of events and celebrations has already taken place. Here’s a quick rundown of what’s making the headlines down in the world’s highest capital:

1.  Children’s Day

Image from Mi Teleférico (Facebook page).

Children accompanied by adults in La Paz were given free admission to test out the cable car. To show their support and satisfy their curiosity, an estimated 24,000 kids lined up for a chance to be the first ones ride the system. To build up an even greater transit culture amongst their youth, organizers are now holding a contest specifically designed for children.

Also, after the successful test runs, it seems that free service has now been extended for another month. The operators hope that during this time, it will help riders familiarize themselves with the new transport lines in preparation for the start of commercial operations in May.

2. Couple Gets Married

Tintaya-Condori gets married. Image from La Razon.

From many of the systems we’ve visited and research, there’s two themes that typically reoccur. One is that kids like to ride them (as proven above) and second, is that couples like to get married in them (see Gondolas and Proposals).

In the case of the Mi Teleférico, it only took a few days before a local couple claimed first place. Even the system project coordinator himself predicted that this is only the beginning of many, many more proposals and weddings on the cable car.

3. Smart Cards and Free Wifi

Smart card payment. Image from Mi Teleférico (Facebook page).

A spokesperson for the system informed that the urban gondola will be fully equipped with wifi service while fare payments will all be handled via a smart card system. Not a big deal right?

Well this would be true for many major metropolitan transit systems, but from my hometown where we’re still using tokens and facing implementation delays to our own smart fare card, all of these modern amenities on La Paz’s cable car makes me just a tad more envious. 



Want more? Purchase Cable Car Confidential: The Essential Guide to Cable Cars, Urban Gondolas & Cable Propelled Transit and start learning about the world's fastest growing transportation technologies.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...
Installations / Mi Teleférico
Comments Off
Comments Off